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PROGRAMS

NICF offers educational programs and professional development opportunities for fraternal foundation professionals and volunteers throughout the year.

Programs are structured around five educational
curriculum areas: fundraising, communications,
stewardship, management and engagement.

 

THE FOUNDATIONS SEMINAR
THE Foundations Seminar is the premier educational event for foundation professionals and volunteers to learn, collaborate, and explore solutions to shared problems.
INSTITUTE FOR GREEK ADVANCEMENT
Each year in January, the NICF convenes a think tank of fraternal foundation leaders and informed community supporters to conduct an executive level strategic planning retreat.
GREEK RETREAT
The Greek Retreat is a two-day, hands-on conference that provides attendees with proven, practical annual fund and stewardship strategies in a small group setting.
BROWN BAGS
NICF member professionals participate in monthly Indianapolis brown bag lunch events focused on specific industry topics like stewardship, annual fund, etc.

“I couldn’t do my job without attending NICF programs!”

I couldn’t do my job without the support and friendships that have been gained through attending programs provided by the NICF – brown bags, THE Foundations Seminar, IGA, as well as the survey data, statistics and other resources made available to me help me set expectations for realistic goals.

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THE Foundations Seminar

EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS

THE Foundations Seminar offers 8 educational blocks with a total of 36 sessions.

NONPROFIT EXPERTS

NICF invests in some of the most well-known educators in fundraising.

PEER LEARNING

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COLLABORATION

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NETWORKING

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ALLIANCE PARTNERS

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COMMUNITY IMPACT

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RECOGNITION

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Institute for Greek Advancement

This program is designed for the chief fundraising and strategy officers from fraternal foundations.

Past presenters and guests include Murray Blackwelder, Bill Sturtevant, Kay Sprinkel Grace; and Penelope Burk.

“I appreciated the opportunity to get away, connect with community leaders and come back refocused on making an impact.”

Institute for Greek Advancement

January 16-19, 2017  |  Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

2017 Institue for Greek Advancement

Monday, January 16 – Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Since 2003, the Institute for Greek Advancement has been hosted at Casa Florencia, a private residence in Los Cabos, Mexico or at Marbella Suites en la Playa. Thanks to the generosity of our founding host, attendees have enjoyed resort-style accommodations for a nominal fee.

With our former host sites no longer available, the NICF has worked to replicate the IGA experience at a nearby Los Cabos hotel at a very competitive rate. This venue change means that lodging, food and beverage costs are now a factor when in past years they were not.

While the cost to attend is increasing, the quality of programming has never been better. The IGA planning committee has secured two outstanding speakers to lead attendees in high-impact sessions on Executive Management and Executive Fundraising.

The IGA registration fee of $449 includes the Welcome Dinner on January 16, Lunch on January 17, Dinner at Pancho’s or Maro’s on January 17 (plus transportation) and Lunch on January 18. 

Late Registration

$529/person
  • Final Registration Deadline: December 5

MONDAY, JANUARY 16

Hotel Check-in

First-Timer Orientation

IGA 2017 Welcome Reception and Dinner

TUESDAY, JANUARY 17

Executive Management with Sally Williamson

Small Group Discussion

Dinner in Downtown Cabo

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18

Executive Fundraising wth Rodney Kirsch

Small Group Discussion

Dinner on your own

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19

Hotel Check-out

Taking it Back: Valuing and Applying What We’ve Learned

Departures

IGA Keynote Speakers

Sally Williamson

President/Founder, Sally Williams & Associates
Member, Delta Delta Delta Fraternity

Sally Williamson is a trusted resource for developing leaders at Fortune 100 companies, nationwide.

For the last 30 years, she has coached C-level executives, taught workshops for mid-level managers and created development programs for high-potential employees. Her expertise is spoken communication, and her passion is helping leaders at all levels become better communicators.

Employees at companies such as Delta Air Lines, ESPN, Kaiser Permanente and the Walt Disney Company have experienced the transforming power of Sally’s coaching combined with tools such as videotaping and custom exercises to advance their careers.

A recognized leader on Executive Presence, Sally’s first book, The Hidden Factor: Executive Presence,  was published three years ago. In 2014, she wrote Leading Executive Conversations, which validates and resolves the disconnect that exists between managers and executives during high-level conversations.

Sally and her team are based in Atlanta, Georgia, but travel frequently to client offices.

Rodney Kirsch

Retired Senior Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations, Penn State University
Member, Delta Upsilon Fraternity

Rod Kirsch recently retired from Penn State University after leading two billion-dollar-plus capital campaigns and overseeing the attainment of new support totaling $4.4 billion. 

During Rod’s tenure, he oversaw a division of 375 employees responsible for alumni relations and development at Penn State’s 24 campus locations, including the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Rod graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Dakota with a degree in English, and earned a master’s degree in higher education administration from Indiana University.  He is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Education at Indiana University.

Rod has been a frequent speaker at Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) seminars, and served as dean of the Big Ten Fundraisers Institute.

Institutions and development professionals have sought his guidance and expertise on how to raise private funds and maintain donor relations during times of institutional crisis.

Room Reservations

Travel Pros is assisting all IGA attendees with room reservations at our IGA hotel venue, The Cape, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

You can choose between a Deluxe King or Deluxe Double Queen room.

  • Deluxe King: $239 per night
  • Deluxe Double Queen: $289 per night
  • Hotel Reservation Deadline: Monday, December 5, 2016
  • Hotel Cancellation Deadline: Friday, December 9, 2016

The Cape will honor our group rates for up to 3 days prior and 3 days after the Institute for Greek Advancement dates, subject to availability.  

Shared Rooms

Planning to share a double room? The hotel cannot split the cost between two occupants, so please determine who will make the reservation and full payment, and then arrange to reimburse shared costs as needed.

Book Your Room

Use this Travel Pros booking site to make your room reservation.

  • You will need your government-issued passport to complete the form.
  • Travel Pros can also assist you with flight arrangements and ground transportation to the hotel. If interested, select the option on the form.

Payment / Cancellation Policy

Credit cards will be charged in full for the total room cost and taxes on December 10, 2016. All payments are nonrefundable. 

You must cancel any unneeded room nights by Friday, December 9, 2016 to avoid your payment being charged in full.

Questions / Reservation Changes

Contact Luanne Birmingham at Travel Pros with questions or changes to your room reservations at (631) 981-6100 x227 or luanne@tvlpros.com. 

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS IGA?

Founded as an executive retreat, the program has become an opportunity for education, skills building and the exchange of ideas and best practices in a think tank setting.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND IGA?

The program is designed for the fraternal foundation’s chief executive. The NICF’s DIAMOND, PLATINUM, GOLD and SILVER Alliance Partners are also invited.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR IGA?

Registration must be submitted through this online form. You must provide contact and credit card information. There is a separate form for hotel reservations.

HOW ARE IGA SPEAKERS CHOSEN?

IGA speakers are experts in the nonprofit and fundraising industry who can provide insight and lead discussions on items of importance to foundation success.

WHERE WILL I STAY?

The Cape – A Los Cabos boutique hotel on a singular beachfront retreat where every room overlooks El Arco and the Bahia San Lucas horizon.

IS TRAVEL TO MEXICO SAFE?

Cabo is an active and popular resort area among U.S. visitors and English is spoken widely. It’s considered one of Mexico’s safest tourist regions.

DO I NEED A PASSPORT?

Yes. While you are not required to present a passport in order to enter Mexico, you will need to present your passport in order to return to the U.S.

CAN I USE MY PHONE / LAPTOP?

Cabo can accommodate most U.S. cell phones. Contact your provider about service options in Mexico. The hotel provides complimentary WiFi.

CAN I COME EARLY / STAY LATE?

The Cape will honor the group rates of $239 per night for a Deluxe King and $289 per night for a Deluxe Double for up to 3 nights before and after IGA.

All additional room nights outside of the NICF’s contracted reservations are subject to availability and must be requested and reserved on your own.

If you have questions about extending your stay, please contact Travel Pros at (631) 981-6100 ext. 227.

WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK?

Casual attire is expected: shorts, jeans, slacks, polos, sandals, flip flops, etc. Stay casual for receptions and dinners or you can dress up if you wish.

Bring a light coat or sweater as temperatures in January average in the mid-70s during the day and low 60s in the evening.

Sunscreen! The Cabo sun is intense. Pack a bathing suit for the hotel’s beach and pools.

SHOULD I CONVERT MY DOLLARS?

Many businesses take U.S. dollars and most major credit cards. Note that American Express and travelers checks are not as widely accepted.

Most cards will work in ATMs in Cabo. Bank ATMs are the most reliable, providing cash in pesos at the daily international banking rate.

Alert your bank and credit card company that you are traveling as well as if you plan to use your debit or credit card while in Cabo.

IS THE WATER SAFE TO DRINK?

Yes. The Cape’s water filtration system has both biologic and ultraviolet filtering systems for extra safety.

Water and ice served at The Cape’s on-site outlets is safe for consumption.

In addition, in each guest room, two bottles of water are provided at nightly turndown and two are placed in the bathrooms if guests prefer to use bottled water to brush their teeth.

For all other questions, please contact Katie Kowalski, communications and programs manager, at katie.kowalski@nicindy.org or (317) 872-1112.

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